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Moving Toward a More Equitable Clark

To build a more equitable Clark University, we know we have much work to do. This work will take many forms, involve all members of the Clark community, and require additional resources. It will strengthen our great University, setting the stage for a better future.

Our Community Commitment

Clark is an extraordinary learning community characterized not only by a commitment to discovery, understanding, and knowledge but also by deep appreciation for its importance to individual lives and change in our society. We pride ourselves in fostering a sense of belonging and care for one another.

Across the years and especially in the last decade, we have worked to move ever closer toward a fully inclusive, just, and equitable Clark.

Yet, systemic racism and other forms of oppression do still appear at Clark, undermining our community, harming individuals, and standing in the way of every student seeking the fullest promise of a Clark education.

To ensure that Clark becomes a place where all students, faculty, and staff can be successful, our community must be committed to re-examining and reshaping the academic and campus experience to make it more equitable and inclusive. Our efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion not only will benefit our students and ensure their success at and beyond Clark, but also are inextricably tied to the University’s future success.

Learn about Clark’s financial commitment

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University Diversity Action Council

The University Diversity Action Council (UDAC) works with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and relevant faculty and staff committees to monitor, evaluate, and assess Clark’s implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

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Initiative Areas

Explore Clark’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, including action items and updates, within each area below.

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Updated Oct. 14, 2021

Academics Action Items
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Campus Climate and Safety

Updated March 30, 2022

Campus Climate and Safety Action Items
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Updated March 30, 2022

Community Action Items
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Data and Assessment

Updated Oct. 14, 2021

Data and Assessment Action Items
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Policies, Practices, and Procedures

Updated March 30, 2022

Policies, Practices, and Procedures Action Items

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‘Having a voice at the table makes a difference’

Local pastor to energize Clark’s MLK Day celebration

First-year students find Common ground in graphic novel

‘Parable of the Sower’ writer and illustrator address Clark audience

‘We hope the Clark community sees this as a call to action’

Equity in Action initiative launches with daylong conference

Clark to celebrate International Education Week, Nov. 14–18

Panels and presentations highlight global community’s impact

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Ousmane Power-Greene

A new novel plunges into issues of racial justice

Professor Ousmane Power-Greene’s “The Confessions of Matthew Strong” “is an existential odyssey of a dislocated academic who, having professionalized her politics, has accidentally turned the world into an object of study,” The New York Times Book Review says.

Power-Greene’s work of historical fiction is a story about race and redemption. Mainly set in Alabama, the book follows Allegra (Allie) Douglass, a philosophy professor at a top-tier New York university. A suspenseful tale unfolds as Allie learns about a spate of disappearances of young Black women and receives a series of haunting letters before being kidnapped herself by white supremacist Matthew Strong.

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